Feel renewed with cosmetic acupuncture.
Cosmetic acupuncture is a health-focused, natural approach to healthy ageing that’s founded on thousands of years of traditional Chinese medicine wisdom.
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What is cosmetic acupuncture?
Cosmetic acupuncture is a gentle way of treating internal health imbalances and external skin complaints as one. In a cosmetic acupuncture treatment very fine, specialised facial needles are placed in specific areas of the face. The aim is to directly stimulate groups of facial muscles and affect muscle tone, address skin issues such as acne1 and scarring 2, plus combat health problems that may be leading to premature ageing.
The ancient Chinese were clever at discerning health issues which were manifesting as disharmony on the face as a part of Chinese face reading; deep lines, discoloration, sagging, acne and dryness. These problems were seen as health-related, and best treated with a combination of acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary therapy, exercises, and meditation. It was theorised that when the body was back in harmony, health radiated from the face.
The registered doctors of Chinese medicine at Qi Medicine use these very same ancient techniques to diagnose and treat skin and health concerns. Our personalised treatments serve to nourish you from the inside out, with a gentle, holistic approach.
Why would you choose cosmetic acupuncture over another skin therapy?
Cosmetic acupuncture is far less invasive than many other skin rejuvenation procedures available today. Cosmetic acupuncture is founded in Chinese medicine which will always consider your underlying health; gut issues, long-standing stress, hormonal imbalances, lifestyle, and diet, these factors are all taken into account during your treatments. The goal of your therapy is to heal and repair the body as naturally as possible from the inside out.
Do you feel that there is a deeper connection between how you look day to day and your emotional state? Do you resent the fact that it seems that fillers and injections are touted as the ‘best’ go-to skin solutions out there? If this is you then Qi Medicine may be able to help you.
Cosmetic acupuncture may be suitable for those who:
- Are struggling with their skin during menopause or post-menopause
- Have (or feel they have) a health issue leading to skin problems such as chronic dryness
- Have chronic, cystic acne or old acne scarring that won’t clear on its own
- Have PMS, mood swings or gut issues
- Have skin that misbehaves throughout their cycle
- Have had children and found their skin never really ‘bounced back’
- Suffer from chronic stress and feel it is really showing on their face
- Feel their skin is wrinkling and sagging prematurely
- Have darkness and puffiness under the eyes that never seem to go away
There is ongoing research to suggest that Chinese herbal medicine, skin needling, and acupuncture may be useful in a number of dermatological skin conditions. Some of this research needs further quality trials, but initial research results are promising.
- May provide symptomatic relief from hormonal acne 1
- chloasma (skin pigmentation) 3
- dermatitis, pruritus, urticaria, hyperhidrosis 3
- May improve facial elasticity 3
- May help to reduce skin problems caused by an underlying health condition which can be helped with Chinese medicine
- May help minimise scarring secondary to surgical procedures2
- May help improve the appearance of acne scarring2
- May help stimulate collagen production with skin needling2
- May help with other health issues such as pain and stress
- Can leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated
Acupuncture on the face may help to stimulate relaxation in the small muscles and layers of fascia in the face. There are 43 muscles in the face alone and every one of them will benefit from a relaxing treatment to help them unwind (just like any other muscle in the body!). Treating facial muscles may have an effect on your deep lines and folds in the skin – such as those found around the mouth and between the eyes- as it is the underlying muscles structure which determines the level of tension or relaxation in your expression.
Sessions may help address acne breakouts with traditional acupuncture (more on hormonal acne here). If you have especially difficult acne and are suffering a large breakout we will often combine acupuncture therapy with traditional Chinese herbal medicine. If you have ever found that your skin goes up and down with your cycle, or gets worse with stress, then sessions may help bring you gently back into a state of balance. Our therapists pay special attention to hormone imbalances and women’s health when performing cosmetic acupuncture.
About skin needling
What set’s Qi Medicine apart from other cosmetic acupuncturists is the inclusion of skin needling. Skin needling creates very fine micro tears in the deeper layers of the skin. These small tears initiate a healing response with the immune system, encouraging the laying down of fresh collagen fibers and the removal of old dead cells through the lymphatic system. As the skin heals it may form stronger bonds between cells. 2
Skin needling was developed in the late 20th century so is still a relatively new field, with ongoing research into its usefulness with skin conditions. A recent study has found micro needing to be considered it to be generally safe and minimally invasive, effective at treating a number of skin conditions including melasma and scarring, and a good treatment option for those with skin of colour.2
Skin needling is not overly painful (with more of a slight prickly feeling) and does not bleed with the specific rollers used in the clinic. You will be able to walk out of your session and get on with your day without worrying about having a red face! Unlike other treatments which peel off the top layer of skin, skin needling can keep this top protective layer intact.
How many sessions will I need?
Healing does take time- but we think you will enjoy every session. At Qi Medicine we make each treatment a nourishing experience, addressing any stress, fatigue, and pain you may have accumulated through the week. Each individual will have different needs so the number of treatments needed will differ. As a general rule with acupuncture, often a series of treatments are needed relatively close together (ideally weekly) to gain therapeutic benefit.
Are treatments painful?
Overall, sessions are far less painful than injections, chemical peels and laser resurfacing. The body acupuncture is often felt as a dull ache; however, not an unpleasant sensation. For the needle-phobic, the body acupuncture may be skipped upon request.
Skin needling usually creates a prickling sensation as it is rolled over the face. It is a very quick procedure and all care will be taken to avoid any discomfort during the session. During skin needling only 0.5mm rollers are used, no anesthetic cream is needed and minimal bleeding will occur.
There is no current evidence that suggests skin needling with a long needle (longer than the .5mm used at Qi Medicine) produces better results, so always think carefully about undergoing a ‘medical needling’ session offered by other salons or clinics. These sessions are often performed with a general or local anesthetic, substantial bleeding, lengthy downtime and often carry a much higher price tag as an anesthetist is usually employed.
Why should I choose natural facial rejuvenation over other cosmetic treatments?
There are several very good reasons why Qi Medicine should be your first choice:
- Performed by a fully qualified and registered Doctor of Chinese medicine in a clinical setting.
- Minimal side effects (see side effects and contra-indications below).
- Utilises the body’s own natural healing properties for rejuvenation.
- Natural results, no fake expressions or risk of paralysis.
- May lead to improvements in health and well-being as each treatment is based on Chinese medicine principles to balance the Qi (energy) of the body and mind.
- Can address underlying issues such as stress, anxiety, sleeping problems 4, digestive complaints 5, and pain such as chronic lower back pain6.
- May help relieve tension in the neck and shoulders,7 and address headaches and migraines.8
What does each session involve?
A session will involve an initial health assessment, a discussion about which areas you would like to target and what outcomes we can expect. Following this, you will get to relax under warm, fluffy towels in a calming environment. The initial skin needling lasts for about 10 minutes whereby a single, sterile dermal roller will be used on the face. This will be followed by a gentle facial acupuncture session to further address muscle imbalances.
After the initial acupuncture and skin needling treatment, you will enjoy a jade stone facial treatment using organic anti-aging serum, to further tone and relax the muscles in the face. To round off your session you will receive a soothing neck and head reflexology massage.
Sessions will address energy blockages throughout the system, often leaving you feeling refreshed and revitalised with a heightened sense of well-being, certainly the best part of a treatment! Each session is cumulative and will build on the last. You may detect small changes after the first treatment and may notice changes after several treatments.
Cautions of treatment and potential side effects
If you are experiencing any of the following, you are generally not advised to undergo treatment. Contact the clinic if you are unsure about your individual circumstances.
- Broken skin, scabs, wounds, blisters, cold sores, acne spots (active), rashes
- Bruised skin
- Psoriasis on the face
- Contagious skin problems
- Skin Cancers
- Pregnant women
- Haemophiliac or other bleeding disorders
- If you are on blood thinning medication
- Straight after microdermabrasion or laser resurfacing
- Allergy to nickel (alternatives available)
Potential side-effects of cosmetic acupuncture include:
- Bruising or bleeding at the insertion site
- Temporary redness or swelling of the face
- Temporary pain at the insertion site
Cosmetic acupuncture pricing
For a full price list visit our pricing page here
Book online here or phone the clinic on (03) 8394 7665 to book your acupuncture treatment today.
Are we easy to get to?
The clinic is located in The Body and Brain Center, 356-362 Ascot Vale Rd, Moonee Ponds, in the North Western suburbs of Melbourne and close to Highpoint. Qi Medicine is minutes away from Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Maribyrnong, Brunswick West, Travancore, Flemington, Aberfeldie, Maidstone and Essendon, and just 10 km from Melbourne CBD.
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